Kra Pow Thai Street Food – Thai Food for Less Than $10 in Orchard Road (Try the Drunken Noodle!)
I have constant cravings for Thai food. Pad Thai, Thai Basil Chicken Rice, Mango Sticky Rice…perhaps I was a Thai in my past life. My friend and I were looking for a cheap and good eats in Orchard Road and I came across Kra Pow which has been very popular lately.
Opened January last year, Kra Pow means holy basil in Thai. They serve a good offering of Thai dishes and most of them are less than $10. The crispy Thai Wings ($6.90) is small and skinny but well marinated and juicy. I like it that the meat falls off the bones easily and is great with Thai chilli dip.
The highlight of our lunch is Drunkard Noodle Pork ($7.90). If you love Thai food, you’re probably already familiar with drunken noodles, or pad kee mao. It is typically a plate of kway teow (or broad noodles) stir fried with soy sauce, fish sauce, oyster sauce, garlic, meat, chilli and holy basil. It was said that the name derived from someone who wanted to eat something after a night of drinking. Rice wine is used to prepare the dish.
The aromatic plate of noodles arrived at our table shortly. The rice wine was distinctive and the noodles came out soft and chewy. That spiciness comes to you after a few mouthfuls and it lingers. Such a simple looking dish but yet full of flavours! It’s awesome no matter I am drunk or not.
For something soupy, try the Sukhothai Noodle ($7.90) featuring pork belly fritter onsen egg in clear broth. Equally spicy, you can pair it with an icy cold Thai Milk Tea ($3.90) for help distinguish the heat.
The Mango Sticky Rice ($6.90) is a great ending to our meal as the sweet and cold mango cubes are served with warm glutinous rice and fragrant coconut milk.
I usually head to Thai Tantric if I want to have cheap and good Thai food in Orchard Road. But looks like I have found another great option. My friends also recommended me to try their Squid Tentacle Fritters ($8.90) and Pad Thai ($9.90). Time to arrange for a second visit!
Kra Pow Thai Street Food
Address: 14 Scotts Road, #03-89 Far East Plaza, Singapore 228213
Phone: +65 6734 1946
Opening Hours: 11.30am-9.30pm daily.
MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.